Friday, June 13th marks the KICK OFF of the Summer Meals Program sponsored by Pittsburg Unified School District from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Buchanan Park (4150 Harbor Street) in Pittsburg. This fun-filled day will feature health and fitness information and demonstrations, face painting, music and will showcase for parents and children the nutritious foods grown on campus and served to local youth throughout the summer months.
The Pittsburg Unified School District believes that learning doesn’t end when school lets out and neither does the need for good nutrition. The District’s Child Nutrition Services serves Pittsburg youth healthy and nutritious meals, including fresh fruits and vegetables, not just during the school year, but throughout the summer. The Child Nutrition Services Department at each of the Pittsburg school campuses has received national recognition for its community health and wellness programs geared toward nourishing youth.
Many of the healthy foods served to students during the school year and through the summer months, such as zucchini, tomatoes, carrots, and other seasonal fruits and vegetables, are grown on school campuses at Pittsburg High School, Black Diamond High School, Rancho Medanos Junior High and Willow Cove Elementary. Students assist in the planting, watering and weeding of the food items grown.
Mt. Diablo Recycling in Pittsburg, the East Bay’s largest, state-of-the-art recycling facility, donates all of the compost and black bark for the campus gardening project. In addition, the company provides composting bags for leftover food items to be recycled into more compost.
“Mt. Diablo Recycling is proud to play a role in providing healthy meals for Pittsburg youth not only during the school year but throughout the crucial summer months,” said Nicole Impagliazzo, Director of Community Relations for Mt. Diablo Recycling, a Garaventa Company. “A bonus is that each young person who participates also learns the value of recycling through the program’s extensive use of composting.”